Nurse Support Program II (NSP II)
The Nurse Support Program (NSP) is funded
Health Services Cost Review
and administered by Maryland Higher Education Commission.
The goal of NSP is to increase the number of bedside nurses in
Maryland hospitals. NSP I is hospital centered while
NSP II focuses on expanding the capacity to educate nurses
through nursing education programs at Maryland institutions.
The Health Services Cost Review Commission (HSCRC) initiated
nurse education support funding (formerly titled the Nurse
Education Support Program or NESP) in 1986 through the
collaborative efforts of hospitals, payers, and nursing
representatives. Originally, the NESP focused on supporting
scholarships for college and hospital-based training of
Registered Nurses (RNs) and Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs). In
July, 2001, the Health Services Cost Review Commission (HSCRC)
implemented the first phase of the Nurse Support Program (NSP I)
to address the short and long-term issues of recruiting and
retaining nurses in Maryland hospitals. Hospitals were eligible
to receive the lesser of their budget request or up to 0.1% of
the hospital's gross patient revenue for the previous fiscal
year, to be provided through hospital rate adjustments, for
approved projects that address the individual needs of the
hospitals as they relate to nurse recruitment and retention.
The NSP I exposed the inability of nursing programs to accept
large numbers of students because of limited capacity due to
nursing faculty shortages. The shortage of qualified nursing
faculty was the fundamental obstacle to expanding the
enrollments in nursing programs, thereby exacerbating the
nursing shortage in future years. At its May 4, 2005, public
meeting, the HSCRC unanimously approved an increase of 0.1% of
regulated patient revenue for the use in expanding the pool of
nurses in the State by increasing the capacity of nursing
programs in Maryland. The NSP II funded the first projects for
educational institutions and faculty development in FY 2006. On
April 12, 2006, the HSCRC approved a one-year extension of the
NSP I in order to provide the opportunity for staff to continue
to evaluate and update the program. On April 11, 2007 the
Commission approved a five-year funding of NSP I. On July
11, 2012, NSP I was renewed for an additional 5 years. On March
7, 2012, HSCRC approved modifications to NSP II to include
increased doctoral education support for greater development of
new and existing nursing faculty.
Over the years, the
Nurse Support Program,
both NSP I and NSP II (originally Nurse Education Support
Program) has been expanded to encourage new and innovative
approaches to address the challenges and demands facing the
nursing and allied professions. It has successfully met the
needs of hospitals for nursing professionals and schools of
nursing for educational capacity through faculty development to
ensure qualified bedside nurses for over 26 years.
NSP Quick Guide
Competitive Institutional Grants are awarded annually with
submission of grant proposals.
The NSP II FY 2016 Request for Application is now available.
Applications are due Friday,
April 24, 2015 by 4:00 p.m. to
the Maryland Higher Education Commission.
If you have any questions regarding the RFA, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com for
Reporting Forms for Competitive Institutional Grants
will be administered by MHEC using application processes.
Funding is available for:
Hal and Jo Cohen Graduate Nursing Faculty Scholarship and Living
Faculty Fellowships (NNFF) Information
FY 2014 NNFF Nomination Form
FY 2014 NNFF Nomination Form
(PDF) Due 08/31/14
Nursing Educator Doctoral Grants (NEDG) for Practice and
2014 NEDG Nomination Form (DOC)
2014 NEDG Nomination Form (PDF)